Haluska, Smith Shine in Blowout

Oct. 28, 2006

Box Score

IOWA CITY — If the University of Iowa men’s basketball team’s annual Black and Gold Basketball Blowout is any indication of the immediate future for Coach Steve Alford’s squad, fans of the Hawkeyes should expect to see senior Adam Haluska find the basket, Seth Gorney pick up where now-departed Greg Brunner left off on the glass, and a group of talented student-athletes take turns filling in the gaps during the fast-approaching 2006-07 season.

Haluska scored a game-high 35 points to lead the Black team to an 83-72 victory in the annual intrasquad scrimmage. The senior for Carroll sank 12 field goal attempts and was good on eight of nine attempts from the charity stripe. He also had three assists and two steals in 37 minutes of action.

Iowa will stage its annual ‘Halloween Hoops’ event tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Young and old fans of the Hawkeyes are invited to wear their Halloween costume, tour the Hawkeyes’ facilities, get autographs and photographs, and watch the team practice.

Gorney, a junior from Vandalia, Ohio, grabbed game-high 13 rebounds – 11 on the defensive end of the floor – and five points and a blocked shot in just under 30 minutes of action for the Black squad.

Tony Freeman added 10 points and J.R. Angle six points and eight rebounds for the Black team.

The Gold team was paced by highly-touted freshman forward Tyler Smith, who scored 18 points one five field goals and eight free throws in his collegiate debut. The native of Pulaski, Tenn., also had six assists. Senior guard Mike Henderson and Cyrus Tate, a sophomore forward from Chicago. each scored 11 points.

Neither team shot particularly well from the field, the Black team checking in at 44 percent and the Gold team hitting just 39 percent of its field goal attempts.

The Black team held a six-point advantage at halftime, 41-35.

Alford’s squad plays its only public exhibition event Friday, Nov. 10, against Buena Vista. That game begins at 7 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena and fans of the Hawkeyes who present their game ticket for the Iowa-Wisconsin football game the following day at historic Kinnick Stadium will be admitted free to the basketball game.

Iowa opens its 2006-07 season Monday, Nov. 13, against The Citadel. The Hawkeyes will follow that contest with five road games.

Season, mini-season, single-game, and discounted youth and group tickets are currently on sale. Click HERE to purchase online or call 1-800 IA-HAWKS. Tickets can also be purchased at the UI Athletic Ticket Office in Carver-Hawkeye Arena and the information desk at the Coral Ridge Mall.